August "Common Cents" feature: Hartford Dismas House of Vermont

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Common Cents Feature for August

The Upper Valley Food Co-op welcomes the Hartford Dismas House of Vermont as our feature organization for the month of August!

Dismas House is an organization that works to restore healthy relationships between former prisoners and their communities. Dismas House helps to facilitate healing to the community from the harm done by the former prisoner and to break the stigma surrounding incarceration, easing the alienation that many former prisoners face. Dismas House also provides former prisoners with resources and community connections to assist them in their transition. 

The Dismas House model is that former prisoners live together with community members (students and volunteers) practicing consensus decision-making and sharing communal meals with each other. This model helps to assimilate former prisoners back into their communities as well as helps the community to truly see former prisoners and facilitate healing on both ends.

The missions of the Upper Valley Food Co-op and Hartford Dismas House of Vermont are intertwined. Both organizations are seeking to strengthen communities by providing spaces for connection. Sharing healthy foods is integral to both organizations as well. As food and food access are central to a healthy person, food is also central to a healthy community. The volunteer cooks that provide meals for Dismas House often shop at the Co-op, purchasing food for communal meals. Both organizations are very proud of this partnership and look forward to working together for many years to come.

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To learn more about Dismas House and what they do, click here.

For those that are unaware, Common Cents is a community contribution program that allows customers to round up their purchases to the nearest dollar, and the difference benefits community-supportive organizations whose missions align with the Co-op's! Twenty-five percent of donations go to the Upper Valley Haven, 25% go to the Vermont Foodbank, and 50% go to our feature organization.

We have opted to not ask customers if they would like to round up, so please, if you'd like to participate, remember to tell your cashier that you’d like to round up your purchase total in order to donate! Thanks to all who have contributed so far!

If your organization would like to be considered as a beneficiary, please email our Education & Outreach team at 


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